Cabernet Cowl

cabernet cowl

Hello friends!

Well, the end of the year is upon us once again, but instead of feeling sad about it, this year I feel hopeful and excited for the year to come! Starting this blog and getting to share my crochet patterns with you all has been an amazing experience so far. I’m so blessed to be able to earn a living doing what I love and I am grateful for each and every one of you for your support!

To celebrate the coming new year, I designed this sparkly little gem of a cowl to wear to the party we attend every year at our neighbor’s house. No drinking and driving for us!

cabernet cowl

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cabernet cowl

This pattern is so easy that a beginner would breeze through it with no problems whatsoever. The only stitch you need to know is single crochet. I made this cowl in less than 2 hours, which still gives you plenty of time to make one before the new year!

cabernet cowl


cabernet cowl

Now, if you aren’t interested in the shiny metallic details of this cowl, by all means, create an everyday cowl with whichever bulky weight yarn you like. I encourage creativity and I never want you to feel like you are limited to working the pattern the same way that I did. I actually love seeing the finished products that you all create and how you tweak the pattern to make it your own. You are a very creative bunch and sometimes I think, now why didn’t I think of that! Ha!

cabernet cowl

The trim uses size 10 crochet thread that has a shiny gold strip running along the thread. It’s completely optional. And please don’t balk at the word “thread”! You’re still using the size P crochet hook, so it’s really not that different than working with regular yarn. You won’t need to bust out the magnifying glass or reading glasses to work this border!

cabernet cowl

If you’re planning to attend a big holiday celebration, crocheting for donations or just want an awesome cowl for wearing to work, I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Other free scarf patterns that I offer include the X’s & O’s Infinity Scarf, the Linen Chunky Cowl, the Autumn Sunrise Infinity Scarf, the Angled Clusters Scarf, the Taupe Infinity Scarf, the Cream Clusters Infinity Scarf and the Navy Clusters Infinity Scarf. Click on the name to see the pattern. Some have matching hats too! (Can you tell I love the cluster stitch? πŸ˜‰ )

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Crochet the Cabernet Cowl for your New Year's Eve party, other holiday party or for every day wear! It's super thick and warm, yet stylish. Perfect for charitable donations. The pattern can be customized to suit your desired length and/or width. The pattern is free, simple and works up in less than 2 hours!

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Happy New Year!

Cabernet Cowl

Materials Used:

Finished Size Approximately:

21” length when sewn into a cowl x 10.5″ width

44” length when laid flat as a scarf x 10.5″ width


5 (sc + ch 1) stitches and 10 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.


FC – foundation chain (beginning chain)
sc – single crochet
ch(s) – chain(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch


  • This cowl is worked long like a scarf. You have the option to leave it as a scarf or to join the ends to make a cowl. You also have the option to join the two ends to form a standard circle cowl, or as in the example, to twist the cowl once to create an interesting twist detail to your accessory.
  • You can also make this cowl longer or shorter according to your preferences. If you wish for the cowl to be thinner or wider, simply use a multiple of 2 for your foundation chain.
  • The cowl has a Cabernet border of single crochets if you decide to forgo the metallic thread trim.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.


FC: Ch 26

Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in each st across. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (13 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of, sc in next ch-1 space, (ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 space across. Sc in last sc from previous row. Turn. (14 sc)

Repeat and alternate Row 2 and Row 3 for a total of 94 Rows.

Finish off. Leave a 14”-16” tail for sewing the two ends together.

In the example, the cowl is twisted before the ends are sewn together. To twist, lay your scarf out flat. Take one end of the scarf and fold it over without folding over the entire scarf. Now take the two ends and put them together. Using a tapestry needle and the long tail left from finishing off, whip stitch the two ends together. (See photo below)

cabernet cowl


With the P hook and the Cabernet, attach at any st along any edge and sc. Sc evenly around the entire cowl.

If you twisted your cowl, your trim will cover both sides of the cowl and end at the original sc you began with. Sl st in first sc made of round. (Like a figure eight)

Finish off and weave in any ends.

If you didn’t twist your cowl, you will complete one side of the trim by sc evenly along the edge of the cowl and then sl st in the first sc made of the round. Finish off, attach the Cabernet to the other side of the cowl, and sc evenly around that side, sl st in the first sc made of round and then finish off again.

Weave in all ends.

Decorative Trim (optional)

With P hook and the Metallic Thread

Attach the thread in any sc of the trim and sc in each st around the trim. Sl st in the first sc made.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

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Until next year…

Happy Crocheting!

2 thoughts on “Cabernet Cowl

  1. Thanks for this pattern. I’m making scarves for the Appalachian Coalfields Children. I’ve been looking for something pretty and quick. Going to check out the others you mentioned in this post. Also doing hats for them.

    1. You’re so welcome, Jagette! That’s so sweet of you to make scarves and hats for the Appalachian Coalfields Children. They will be so warm and wrapped in love! So thank you to you too!


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